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Face a Greater Challenge

By Resident MuttPublished 6 months ago

Happy New Year, folks!
... what do you mean I'm late? R u d e.
Something I'm hoping to get better at in the new year is finding good fill! Let's just say it's a work in progress - but practice here does make... well, not perfect, but at very least better. I was going to clue the starred clues with "?" clues at first, but everything I could come up with for 16A was either "bleh" or "Yikes", so y'all get this. Hope y'all enjoy!
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  • Mike D 12:12聽路聽6 months ago
    Fun one RM! URE
    54D URECult's potential ending?
    was a devilish clue 馃槀. I got stuck at ELOGE
    47D ELOGEFuneral delivery of old
    /AGNI
    57A AGNIAvatar's "____ Kai"
    • Resident Mutt constructor聽路聽6 months ago
      URE
      54D URECult's potential ending?
      is either wordplay... or a river in Yorkshire. Which, as a Lancastrian, I'm Contractually Obligated To Not Use.
      ELOGE
      47D ELOGEFuneral delivery of old
      /AGNI
      57A AGNIAvatar's "____ Kai"
      seems to be a sore spot - I thought it might be grokkable from ELOGY (which is the substantially more common word), but alas. Leaning, ahoy!
    • Aaron 8:13聽路聽6 months ago
      Fun puzzle with some tricky pop culture references and lots of fun puns/wordplay. There was definitely some hard fill to clue here (ENOW
      15A ENOWSufficient, old-style
      , ALIN
      44D ALINTaiwanese singer Lisang Pacidal Koyouan
      ) so I think you did a good job overall. Never heard of a 16A
      16A WHITEPARTY* Do with a dress code
      which also set me back.
      • Resident Mutt constructor聽路聽6 months ago
        Glad you enoyed! Yeah, WHITEPARTY
        16A WHITEPARTY* Do with a dress code
        is surprisingly uncommon - I know it from Season 9 of Rupaul's Drag Race so I figured it was in the known vocab of culture, though apparently the xword dictionaries don't have it. Weird!
      • Kent D 馃13:03聽路聽6 months ago
        Great one! Never heard of eloge before, a learning experience.
        • Resident Mutt constructor聽路聽6 months ago
          Oh, you did it without any checks or reveals - I'm just gonna do a happy dance now :D
          Thank you for taking the time to enjoy my madness ^_^
        1AStar Wars scavenger
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Star Wars scavenger
        2. 5A
          2019 Horror flick
        3. 8A
          Lollipop singer
        4. 12A
          Getting that 馃挴
        5. 14A
          Hype man Flavor ____
        6. 15A
          Sufficient, old-style
        7. 16A
          * Do with a dress code
        8. 18A
          Additional, in adspeak
        9. 19A
          "... never mind, then"
        10. 20A
          Food Network host Guy
        11. 21A
          * Perennial compromiser
        12. 26A
          _______ CrankBait
        13. 27A
          Vice President Burr (Sir?)
        14. 28A
          If's partner
        15. 29A
          Formerly, formerly
        16. 30A
          Sci-fi device disabler
        17. 33A
          * Simple performance stage
        18. 38A
          Rep.'s counterpart
        19. 39A
          Roadside bombs, for short
        20. 40A
          Final Four game
        21. 41A
          Pok茅mon's cloner
        22. 43A
          Headwaiter
        23. 46A
          * Serbian team
        24. 49A
          Soothing succulents
        25. 50A
          Shakespearean compilation
        26. 51A
          "____ have a problem?"
        27. 52A
          * Natural talent, of sorts
        28. 57A
          Avatar's "____ Kai"
        29. 58A
          Insignificant
        30. 59A
          Main artery
        31. 60A
          Take a breather
        32. 61A
          Teacher's magazine (Or: Parisian 'your')
        33. 62A
          Simon of "Hot Fuzz"
        Down
        1. 1D
          Uppercut target
        2. 2D
          German cry
        3. 3D
          Nintendo game console
        4. 4D
          Colony member
        5. 5D
          Hendricks in the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame
        6. 6D
          Foam figure?
        7. 7D
          Climbing vine
        8. 8D
          Country who's national flower is the dahlia
        9. 9D
          The Information Age
        10. 10D
          Animated partner for Asami
        11. 11D
          Anticipate
        12. 13D
          Crystal-lined rock
        13. 14D
          Vampire's assets
        14. 17D
          Old hands
        15. 20D
          Piano's opposite
        16. 21D
          Small blisters
        17. 22D
          Hauts-de-France capital
        18. 23D
          Roller coaster parts?
        19. 24D
          Basic util.
        20. 25D
          Banger's partner
        21. 29D
          "___ & Oh's"
        22. 31D
          Joked, especially online
        23. 32D
          Group of lions
        24. 34D
          Saint _____ and Nevis
        25. 35D
          Minecraft edition released 2010
        26. 36D
          Selling point for cat litter
        27. 37D
          Fashion label that's an anagram of TARS (As in: The crosswordese TARS the grid)
        28. 42D
          "Ah, gotcha!"
        29. 43D
          Free-for-all
        30. 44D
          Taiwanese singer Lisang Pacidal Koyouan
        31. 45D
          "Have ___ deal for you!"
        32. 46D
          Kind of gun
        33. 47D
          Funeral delivery of old
        34. 48D
          Transvaal settlers
        35. 52D
          London hrs.
        36. 53D
          Partner of skip and jump
        37. 54D
          Cult's potential ending?
        38. 55D
          Card game with a mana sys. that hints the start of the starred clues?
        39. 56D
          Sack
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